Natural History Museum of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City: Hours, Address, Natural History Museum of Utah Reviews: 4.5/5

Natural History Museum of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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As the Utah state museum of natural history, this top attraction provides an introduction to the science in Utah's remarkable landscape! With engaging exhibits and over 5,000 artifacts on display, the Museum features Utah's paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals found world-wide, preserved artifacts from Utah's prehistoric peoples, and stories told by the five Native nations that lie within the state's boundaries. Journey to the top of a three-story indoor Canyon. Wander through Utah's dinosaurs and animal life. Interact with earthquakes, erosion, and our Digital Globe to discover how the earth's surface and the Great Salt Lake have changed over time. Enjoy breath-taking views from our observatory deck. Hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it. Enjoy beverages, lunch or a snack at the Museum Cafe. Shop the Museum Store for unique jewelry and gift items influenced by nature's design. Visitors with young kids will enjoy Our Backyard, an intimate, discovery-based environment that invites our pre-school visitors to experience natural history first hand!
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parksvisitor
Maple Grove, MN1,158 contributions
Sep 2021
I read the bad reviews and am somewhat dumbfounded by most of them. I agree the school groups were very loud and probably caused us to leave the Egypt exhibit and the museum itself a little earlier than planned, but that's the price you pay when you visit on a weekday morning. The dinosaur, early mammal and other natural history exhibits were outstanding. The museum is laid out in the most chronological and understandable manner that I have ever seen, and the flow of the exhibits was very natural from one area to another. I would recommend this museum to anyone, but especially those interested in dinosaurs and early mammals.
Written October 8, 2021
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david m
Chubbuck, ID442 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
My kids and I went to this museum to learn the prehistoric history in the region. When we got there we were in for a big surprise. We found not only what we expected but other exhibits such as an entire exhibit dedicated to genes and another on the weather and a other one in the regional Native American tribes. All of it was wonderful then we “time traveled “ to the ice age and saw animals that lived in Utah and Idaho during the time that Lake Bonneville once existed. Later, we “time traveled” to the age of dinosaurs. We saw creatures such as deinosuchus that ate dinosaurs triceratops trex and many others. All in all we really enjoyed our time at the museum. We would most likely come back to visit.
Written January 28, 2022
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YosemiteJules
Fresno, CA7 contributions
Jul 2021
The Natural History Museum of Utah is a must-see museum in Salt Lake City, Utah! We are especially interested in dinosaur museums, and this museum has one of the top paleontology collections in the US! The diversity of specimens is amazing. The exhibits are astounding; they are all very creatively installed. There is a Ceratopsian wall that is absolutely astounding and like no other in the country! We saw all of the exhibits, and they were each very interesting, informative, and full of artful displays. One of the most moving exhibits to me was Native Voices, which was excellent. The staff members are very friendly and helpful. When you first walk in, there's a huge 5-story wall representing each area of the museum ... a most artistic and impressive display. This is all housed in a huge, beautiful, modern building ... beautiful architecture and interior decorating. We traveled during the Covid pandemic, and they were being mindful of keeping their visitors safe via encouraged masking, social distancing, many hand sanitizers, stepped-up cleaning, and an online reservation system (to keep track of the total number of visitors in the building). This was an outstanding museum!
Written July 29, 2021
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Barzinji
Sterling, VA123 contributions
May 2021
My wife and I visited this Museum the day after we visited the Red Butte Garden (an excellent experience next door). There is very little interesting or original here except perhaps for the dinosaur exhibit. When we visited, the Egypt exhibit had lines that were too long to allow us time to see (I guess due to COVID precautions). I would suggest this museum if you do not have access to the more elaborate natural history museums in larger metropolitan areas (DC, NYC, LA).
Written June 3, 2021
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Christina V
1 contribution
Nov 2021
Keep better track the number of people who are there at one time. When we visited , the exhibit was overrun by literally dozens of children. They were clearly out of control. Not children younger than 9 or 10 should be admitted.

The exhibit requires reading. However, at all tines the chambers were dimly lit. This necessitated standing very close to the writing. That meant that only a couple if people could see the information. at once.

The self-activated portions were jammed by the many children running rampant.

It would have been more interesting to me if the exhibit had followed some order--like examining Egyptian life from birth to dearth.

Putting the labels of the artifacts off to the side madder it hard to connect them with what was being shown.
Written November 21, 2021
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Aleta w
The Villages, FL235 contributions
Jun 2021
I must admit that I am jaded because I grew up in the Washington DC area with Smithsonian museums. Additionally, I have seen several natural history museums. On top of that, I have actually been to Cairo and seen exhibits of mummies et al. In other words, the Egyptian exhibit did not interest me, but I can see how others would learn a lot from it.
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I went to the museum primarily because we had been told that we could find out about the history of the native american's in Utah. After trudging through 4 1/2 floors of exhibits, I finally came to the 5th floor where the history of local indigenous people was on display. They had both visuals and a video that spoke to more of the reality of how the native american's were treated and moved out of their homes.
Written July 4, 2021
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rmps_philomath
Philomath, OR215 contributions
May 2022
Took our 19-month-old granddaughter here for the afternoon and she had a delightful experience. The docents working at the museum made all the difference in playing with her and showing her the exhibits at her level. It's never too early to learn experience and this is a delightful place to do this.
Written May 10, 2022
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DARLYNNE N
11 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Spent 4.5 hrs here! Start at the 5th floor and work yourself down. Very interactive. Wonderful exhibits! Our faves were the Native Voices about the indigenous peoples of Utah and the Egypt exhibits. Learning the history and listening/reading the testimonies of the native peoples opened our perspective of other cultures as it relates to the American experience. Most of the collections are early 1900s to present day. There were moments we held back tears as we walked through it. Stay and watch the entire video. Egypt was the highlight for our 9yo. It was comprehensive filled with exquisite artifacts. There is a section about Women rulers too. I loved learning about their beauty and skincare regimen. My kids liked the section focused on the goda and goddesses. You can tell that the curators put a lot of effort, time and attention to detail. The dinosaur section is a good size. It isn't as big as Bozeman, but it's worth it if your children like dinosaurs. All throughout the museum are interactive displays for kids. Plan to spend 2 hrs to go through the whole museum. We spent almost 5 hours here, but we are nerds and love going to museums whenever we travel.
Written June 24, 2021
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Witney W
Seattle, WA6 contributions
Apr 2022
This museum is OUTSTANDING for dinosaur lovers. I like this dinosaur exhibit even better than the one at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. The displays are very immersive- they include plants and rocks to set the environment of the creatures. The exhibit has multiple levels, allowing a closer look at a skull bone and then gazing up at that same skull from the feet. It's great for adults and kids alike. Highly recommend.
Written April 8, 2022
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Dan S
8 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a truly great museum. We have held an annual family pass since this museum first opened its doors. Something wonderful for all ages. Both the regular and special rotating exhibits are wonderfully curated.
Written July 27, 2020
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